Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Red and Chris Skelton

 The couple on the left are believed to be Ida and Joseph Skelton,
 Red and Chris Skelton's parents. 
Joseph Elmer Skelton married Ida Fields in the Old Cathedral in Vincennes in 1905.
He was killed in a fall in 1913 while working  as a lineman for the Central Union Telephone Co.  For some reason he was known by the name Joe Ehart as confirmed in this notice found in the Vincennes newspaper. 
The couple had five sons, all of whom used the name Skelton; one being Red (Richard) of TV and movie fame and another Christopher, with Lawrence County ties. He married Marion Helen Baker sometime before 1934, the daughter of Herman Baker and Mary Boyd of Birds in Bond Twp.

The “Red Skelton Memorial Bridge” located on Highway 50 stretches across the Wabash River from Indiana to Illinois is named for Red.  Chris managed a dry cleaners shop on 12th street just north of the History Center.     

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hadley and St Francisville Bank

November 20, 1857  Olney Times Noah Minnick announced in the Olney Times that he had opened the wagon maker’s shop in Hadley, Illinois

The  Justice of the Peace for Lawr
 Silk scarf belonging to Emma J Gillespie
enceville in 1857 was Isaac Potts. 
Parkinson's Bank in St Francisville
C W Parkinson behind the counter

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tried to Swim the Wabash 1819

Indiana Centinel Volume 3 No. 9 Vincennes June 5, 1819
Drowned, in the Wabash, opposite this town, on Friday 28th Mr. Samuel Stoflebeam, son of Mr. Michael Stoflebeam of Illinois, age 17. He had attempted to cross the river by swimming, but becoming exhausted, he turned to regain the shore, but sunk before assistance could reach him. Although the exertions of the citizens were prompt and incessant, his remains were not recovered until Sunday, when they were found near the shore and the body suitably interred. This fatal dispensation should be seriously impressed on the minds of many impudent young man in this borough, who so often thoughtlessly hazard their existence in useless competition. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Updates and Happenings

Some of you may have noticed that the History Center is looking SO much better.  Thanks to Thad and Gregg Parrott for providing the power lift and the man power to repaint the trim around all the windows.  Also thanks to them for their skill at power washing,  our front entrance around the columns is now free of debris.  

Nancy King has once again created an extraordinary exhibit titled--Home Town Teams with photographs and artifacts from each of the county's high schools.  Because  the size of our collection exceeds the space for the exhibit, not every team from every year could be featured.  But we think you will enjoy what you see. If you have an item to donate, please stop by Saturday or Monday 10-3. Also a thank you to Bill Richardson who kindly allowed us to pester him with questions, and later wrote very nice articles about the exhibit in the Daily Record.  

If there are anyone reading who would like to assist in compiling a book about the teams, talk or email me (Donna Burton).  This would entail going through our extensive collection of yearbooks, school newspapers, and old photographs, as well as reviewing old newspapers at the Research Library. Perhaps you have a certain interest in only certain sports (girls basketball, track and field, etc) or perhaps you only want to do Sumner High School, or maybe you want to do the early years of basketball, that would work for us too. Maybe you like statistics; maybe you like to write: maybe you like to scan photographs.  Whatever....we can use your talents.

By popular demand, Lunch and Learn will be back for this fall.  Opening the 4th season on October 4, 2017 will be Maple Hill Restoration group from Mt. Carmel, showing how to recycle furniture for other purposes with lots of Before and After pictures.    Then, on November 1, Judy Cresap will be identifying flatware patterns to assist you in identifying Grandma's spoons. As always the December program, to be held on December 6, will feature a music program. Lunch will be served at 11:30 with the programs to begin at 12:15. 

All programs will be held at the Lower Floor of the Lawrence Public Library, 814 12th St., Lawrenceville, IL. The library is handicap-accessible with a small elevator located just inside the door.  Reservations for the lunches are required in advance.  This allows the caterer to prepare just the right amount of food. Because of this there is a ‘no refund’ policy on advance ticket sales. 

We do encourage everyone to purchase their tickets for the whole season at once no later than September 30.  Tickets are $15 for one program or $45 for all three.  Reservations and payment may be made at the History Center, 619 12th Street, Lawrenceville, Saturday and Monday 10am-3pm, as well as the Research Library, 1100 Lexington Ave, Lawrenceville, Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays 9-12. Other locations where reservations may be made are The Finishing Touch ,703 12th St, Lawrenceville, and at Jane’s Beauty Shop, Judy Avenue, Bridgeport. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

LTHS Students During WWI

1918 an excerpt from the 1918 LTHS yearbook:

A number of LTHS boys were excused from school the second week in April and a few more will leave in May to go to farms and aid in the greater production of food. Each one of these was instructed as to the seriousness of the proposition and was required to state his serious intent before leaving. Each one who leaves is required to have a grade of 80 or more in each subject before credit is allowed.

Each of these boys, who goes on the farm and returns in the fall with a successful record and proof that he has,, by his work increased the production of food will be awarded credit for the time during which he was excused from school.

The boys who have gladly given up the latter portion of their school year in order that they may assist in the greater production of food are doing as noble and as patriotic an act, as if they had actually joined the ranks and shouldered a rifle. The soldier in the trench is of little or no importance or use if there is no one at home to supply him with food, clothing and other munitions of war. A great personage has said that to sustain one soldier in the field there must be 10 behind the lines working for his support. In importance, food and ammunition rank about the same to the soldier. Both are absolutely necessary. Food is one of our absolute necessities, and without it the race would perish. Some more thoughtless one say “why produce so much more this year than last; there are not so many more people in our land than last year?” But my friend, besides furnishing our own army and the people at home we will, and are now required to furnish our allies with food. Throughout the war stricken countries there is little or no chance of any production so the burden rests on us to supply the demand.

We are in this war to win and we will win if everyone is willing to sacrifice a little of their time or money to this cause and if needs be their all, that we may be victorious. Each day the war grows more into a food war and the nation who accomplishes the feat of possessing the greatest food supply will undoubtedly win the war, and we must be that nation. So let not only these boys who have gone, but let each of us, young and old, put our shoulder to the wheel and make the production of food in the United States this year the bumper crop of all history. If some are unable to work, let their influence cause others to shoulder the whole and spade and plant and produce more. The boys who have nobly enrolled their names on this list are as great a bunch of patriots, in a sense, as are the boys represented by each star in our glorious service flag. In the later years they will be proud to relate that they had an active part in the great world war that made the world safe for democracy.

The following boys have enlisted in this movement; Dean Marquis, Noel Borden, John Young, Emmet Organ, John Wright, Owen Zehner, Herbert Waggoner, Briggs Cunningham, Edgar Tanquary, Lawrence Whitaker, Orie Jeffords, Randall Lackey, Johns Zeilinger, William Dining, Fred Downey, Paul Zehner, Hubert McBride, Harold Lingenfelter, Roscoe Stevens, Charles Gearhart.

Several young men served in the Lawrence County Home Guard, Co. G, George Price, Ermil Mullins, Olin Mullins, John Osborne, Corliss Easterday, Barton Mickey, Jennings Selby, and Charles Gearhart.

The boys weren’t the only ones working toward the war effort. LTHS high school girls and teachers knit seventy-two sweaters to send overseas.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alumni of LTHS serving in WWI

One hundred years ago World War I threw the world into the 20th century.  Technology replaced old school infantry and cavalry formations, airplanes, refrigeration, trucks, automatic rifles and other advancements in artillery, turned warfare into something more destructive and deadly than the world had ever seen. More than 1000 +/- boys and men from Lawrence County served in this war.  If you have any information or photographs of someone in your family who served, please contact K. Borden, through this website

Some of the boys  in the service were alumni of LTHS:
Miles Adams, 150th Field artillery, somewhere in France
John Baker, 96 U. S. M. C., Tuantico, Virginia (later posted someplace in France)
Guilford Brush, Coast Artillery, Fort Washington, Maryland (later posted someplace in France)
Charles Dishman A. 9th Battery, Mtd. Eng, Camp Steward, Texas (later transferred to Co. A, 9th Eng., Camp Courchesne, El Paso, Texas)
Lieut. H. A. Jones, Co. M, 331st Infantry, Chillicothe, Ohio
Reed O’ Haver, 16th Regiment I. N. G., Camp Lowden, Illinois
Ross Petty, 40 Marine Barracks, Paris Island, South Carolina
Jesse Tharp, E 150th Field Artillery, somewhere in France
Harley Zehner, Co. D, 346 infantry, Camp Pike, Arkansas
Walter Miles, 50th Co., Santo Domingo, D. R., U. S. M. C.
Leonard Long, 50th Co. Santo Domingo, U. S. M. C.
Frank Hardacre, Santo Domingo, U. S. M. C.
Ralph Ryan, Navy (later posted to Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois)
Russell Carr, 12th Aerial Squadron, somewhere in France
Frank Carr, 12th Aerial Squadron, somewhere in France
Lieut. H. R. Conover, 5 C. A. C., Fort Monroe, Virginia
Capt. Charles Cunningham, Co E. 3rd Eng., Corozal, Canal Zone
J. C. England, Co. E 15th N. S. M. B., Paris Island, South Carolina
Fred Gee, Ambulance Corps, Allentown, Pennsylvania
P. Victor Grow, Marine Barracks, Dover, New Jersey
Capt. Tom Kirkwood, 4 Ambulance Corps, Chillicothe, Ohio
Roland H. Marquis, Co. E 108 Eng. Corps, Camp Logan, Texas
Capt. William McAndrew, Rockford, Illinois
John C. McGaughey, Field hospital, Ayers, Massachusetts
Allan Thompson, Co. E 150th Field Artillery, somewhere in France
Raymond Watts, Aviation Service, somewhere in Italy
Raymond Gutzler, Aviation Corps, Urbana, Illinois ( later posted to El Paso, Texas)
Walter O’Hair, 151st Marine Gun Co. , Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Sgt. Chester Young, 210 Service Squadron, Hempstead, Long Island, New York
Kenneth Buchanan, Signal Corps, Omaha, Nebraska
J. M. Sanders, Harvard Radio School, Cambridge Massachusetts
Harry Glover, Aviation Station, Austin, Texas
Gordon Eshelman, Aviation Station, Rantoul, Illinois

Lieut. Raymond the Watts, Aviation Section, American Embassy, London,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


The Lawrence County Historical Society proudly presents a new Exhibit--Home Town Teams. Featuring historic photographs, newspapers, and sports memorabilia the exhibit highlights some of the teams from the High Schools in Lawrence County including Lawrenceville Indians, Sumner Arabs, St. Francisville Saints, Bridgeport Bulldogs, and Red Hill Salukis.  Stop by and re-live the Glory Days of High School sports.
 The History Center is located at the corner of 12th and State in Lawrenceville.
 Special exhibit hours are Sept. 15 Friday 12-6:00, Sept. 16 Saturday 10-3, Sept. 18 Monday 10-3

Admission FREE